London, 1834. Monster sightings have been reported, along with news of people mutating into ungodly creatures, and the dead are waking from their graves and walking amongst the living. The entire city is in a panic and vulnerable to the ghastly schemes of Adam Crowley, a mad scientist who unleashed this hell with the secrets of an unholy manuscript. The only two people who can stand up to this horror are the staff-wielding priest Ignatius and the young swordswoman, Nadia.
You're thrown in the fire instantly and instructed to kill monsters and bathe yourself in their blood. There is an adrenaline bar which refills whenever you kill a monster; if it dries up, you will begin to lose health. There are about twenty levels in the game, the main objective in each one being to chase Adam Crowley from point A to point B, killing as many abominations and collecting as many items as you can on the way. Some of the items are nice alternatives to your staff (or swords if you're playing Nadia) for ending nightmare creatures' lives (pistols, dynamite, mines, etc.), while others replenish your own life (health orbs). In some levels, weapon upgrades can be found to make monster-chopping easier.
>Enemies are numerous, both in number and variety. These include slow zombies that must be cut in half to be eliminated, nasty gargoyles that are hard to catch, huge Dockers that look like the Hulk in angry form, enormous six-legged spiders that dwell in the back alleys, fire-blowing hellhounds, and many others. They all have one goal, to make your present days on Earth a living hell. They also have enough brain power to take a tactical approach to fighting, so you'll have to put in a little sweat to beat them all. Three bosses (plus Adam Crowley as the final boss) are present in the game, and they are creatively forged but still pretty easy to defeat (except Crowley).
The controls are easy to handle. The arrow keys control your movement, while other keys are used to strike, kick, block, and jump. There are also keys for swapping or activating items. Your character rotates painfully slowly, which can cause problems in combat. The biggest problem with the controls concerns jumping, which is so awkward as to make the simplest jump over water potentially fatal to your character.
The graphics are very good, almost impressive. From Ignatius and Nadia to the evil creatures, from foggy London streets to underground caves, from explosions to congelations, everything is a salve to the eye. The sounds are creepy, and I mean that in a good way. Each creature you encounter sounds as mean as it looks, and snarls, barks, moans, growls, and roars at you as it tries desperately to put you out of your misery.
I very much enjoyed this great action-packed game. Follow my footsteps, dear reader.
If the game is displayed wrong, you need to download the Windows registry fix available at the top in the "extras" section, and run it. (Unfortunately this needs administrator privileges, as this game was made for Windows 95.)
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